Classical Guitar News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Adam del Monte and Mak Grgić – Duo Deloro – receive strong tour review

April 14, 2016

USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty member Adam del Monte and Classical Guitar DMA candidate Mak Grgić are receiving strong reviews for the tour of their collaboration, Duo Deloro. Their performances include works from composers, such as Granados, Albeniz, Ginastera, as well as Argentinian tangos. In March, the duo was reviewed after a performance in Dallas […]


Guitarist and film scoring student Tim Callobre profiled in OZY

March 21, 2016

USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television (SMPTV) graduate student Tim Callobre (BA ’15, Music) was recently profiled in OZY magazine, which detailed his prodigious experience as a classical guitarist and his growing body of work in film scoring. Callobre has previously received a composition fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAPhil) and has […]


Daily Trojan explores Music@RushHour series with Mak Grgić

March 2, 2016

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-run newspaper, profiled USC Thornton’s weekly Music@RushHour concert series in their February 25th issue. The regular Wednesday concerts, which are coordinated by Classical Guitar doctoral candidate Mak Grgić (pictured), aim to provide a relaxing and engaging respite to USC students, faculty, and staff, who might otherwise by struggling through rush hour […]


Alumnus Cameron O’Connor wins Frances Walton Competition

November 6, 2015

This past summer, classical guitarist and alumnus Cameron O’Connor (DMA ’14) was one of four soloist award winners of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, WA. The competition is open to classical performers of piano, voice, strings and wind instruments, who are residents or students in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California or Alaska. Soloist winners […]


Alumnus Ben Pila to perform before Pope Francis at September 11 Memorial event

September 14, 2015

Classical guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus Ben Pila (DMA ’11) has been invited to perform for Pope Francis during the pontiff’s Sept. 25 visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. Pila has become a semi-regular presence at the memorial’s anniversary events, performing for dignitaries including Presidents Barack Obama and […]


Guitar student Jason Lewis featured on NPR’s “From the Top”

September 11, 2015

USC Thornton Classical Guitar student Jason Lewis (BM ’19), was a featured performer on the June 28, 2015 episode of NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. The 18 year-old guitarist and dual neuroscience/music major from Glencoe, Illinois, performed works by Leo Brouwer and Roland Dyens, for the show, which was recorded in Boston. […]


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